Daily Joy: A Festive Klezmer Finale

To all who are celebrating the first night of Chanukah, Happy Chanukah, and Chag Sameach!

For today’s Daily Joy, we are sharing an original piece of Klezmer music by our alum Jeremiah Klarman that has a celebratory and festive spirit. Jeremiah’s piece is entitled “Greser Vi Dos Leben” (Larger Than Life) and was dedicated to his grandfather.

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About Jeremiah Klarman

Jeremiah Klarman, a 26-year-old from Boston Massachusetts, is gaining national recognition as a rising young composer of his generation.  He is a 2016 graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music where he was a composition major under instruction of Michael Gandolfi and Hankus Netsky.  In addition to composing, Jeremiah plays piano, is a member of NEC’s Jewish Music Ensemble, and is a regular at Temple Emanuel’s Shabbat Alive Service in Newton, where he is also the Artist in Residence.

In June 2010, The Boston Pops performed his Symphony in C on his second appearance on NPR’s radio show, “From The Top.”  At age 13, following his first performance on “From The Top”, Klarman received special recognition from Osvaldo Golijov, who stated to the Boston Globe that he was ‘’moved, impressed, and amazed’ by Klarman’s talent and early work.” (Apr 20, 2006).  Klarman also won the 2010 First Generation to Generation Award; a program designed for talented high school students who demonstrate promise in creating melodies that show sensitivity to the setting of Jewish liturgical text.

Klarman’s works have been performed by The Boston Modern Orchestra ProjectThe Landmark SymphonyThe Longwood Symphony, and New England Conservatory (NEC) Youth Orchestras with conductors Gil Rose, the late Charles AnsbacherJonathan McPhee, and Benjamin Zander.  Klarman won the 2007 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his orchestral piece Dance Suite, as well as the ASCAP Honorable Mention in 2009 for his orchestral piece Festive Dance.  He also won the Senior Division of the Massachusetts State Composition Competition Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).